Selena and/or Josh may also have played some percussion.
left to right: Dave (friend from Camborne), Stef, Colin, Matthew, Jo, Inge
Very lo-fi, this, unfortunately. It was recorded on a cheap hand-held cassette recorder, onto a low-quality cassette. Some EQ'ing and dynamic processing has improved it somewhat, but there's a limit to how much you can do with something like this. It was a bit of a struggle to play in the cavernous space that is Truro Cathedral, but at least (due to the previous year's experience) we knew what to expect. The effect was something like playing under water.
The two bombard and biniou pieces clearly worked best in this kind of acoustic. Those are from Brittany. "Ryb on Afon" is a traditional Cornish tune (one of few which have survived - we may have got the name slightly wrong), the tarantella is Italian, and the rest are (presumably) central French.
Stef, Jo and Lisa playing biniou and bombarde, One Big Family Festival (near Perranporth), May 1998
Both years we were invited to play during special services conducted to coincide with late-night Christmas shopping. The first year we received a letter asking us to come and play "for the Glory of God and the Entertainment of the Late Night shoppers"! We were relieved to note that "shoppers" had not been capitalised.
The voice heard speaking at the end was our friend Banana Tom (visible in background above, wearing fake Ray-Bans and a wreath of ivy) who indeed had come hundreds of miles for the occasion. As the other (unidentified) voice hinted, we continued later outside the Cathedral.